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Baby Sea Turtle Applique crochet pattern

You may be getting a déjà vu feeling right now – don’t I have a baby sea turtle pattern just like this already?!

Baby Sea Turtle Applique crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Well, no: there’s something completely new about this pattern! Although from the top it looks almost identical to the turtle from my incredibly popular Baby Sea Turtle Collection:

Baby Sea Turtle crochet patterns by PlanetJune
Spot the difference?

…from the side, it’s as flat as a pancake!

Baby Sea Turtle crochet patterns by PlanetJune
From top: 3D amigurumi turtle; 2D flat appliqué turtle

This is my brand new Baby Sea Turtle Appliqué crochet pattern. Crocheted appliqués are small flat crocheted pieces that make lovely embellishments – and in this case, a perfect addition to a beach or ocean-themed blanket, like my Turtle Beach blanket!

Baby Sea Turtle Applique crochet pattern by PlanetJune

About the Design

I designed this pattern to closely replicate my original Baby Sea Turtle in size, shape and appearance, so you can still keep that iconic Turtle Beach look with much less work.

The pattern is faster to crochet than an amigurumi turtle and, with only two pieces, needs almost no sewing or finishing. You can stitch it securely to a blanket (or anything else), and the optional embroidered eyes make it child-friendly and easy to launder.

Body: The head and flippers are all crocheted as one piece around a body that’s hidden beneath the shell. Not only does this minimise the finishing work, but the flippers naturally form at the perfect angles and in just the right positions with no effort or decision-making on your part (beyond following the pattern!)

Shell: If you’ve ever tried to flatten the original shell, you’ll know that, because it’s designed to be domed, it flattens into a strange overly-wide shape that doesn’t look right at all! I’ve designed a new shell that keeps the same style and finished shape from the top as the stuffed baby turtle, but is completely flat.

Eyes: I wasn’t sure about eyes – the appliqué turtle looks lovely without eyes (and, as we’re looking at the turtle from above, the eyes wouldn’t be visible in real life anyway…) so I decided to offer both options in the pattern. I think it looks cuter with eyes and more sophisticated without. My grey sample turtle has no (visible) eyes and the green turtle has my embroidered eyes – you can choose to add them or not; your turtle will look good either way!

Baby Sea Turtle Applique crochet pattern by PlanetJune

About the Pattern

This pattern includes full written instructions for the turtle, plus round-by-round charted stitch diagrams for the rounds that form the head and flippers, in both right- and left-handed versions.

It also includes:

  • Simple assembly instructions for attaching the shell (it comes together so nicely, you may actually enjoy this step for once!)
  • A complete step-by-step tutorial for embroidering the eyes securely with no visible knots or tails.
  • Tips for stitching the turtles neatly to a crocheted blanket.

Baby Sea Turtle Applique crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Baby Sea Turtle Multipack discount

Which baby sea turtle pattern should you buy? Why not both?! I’ve made that easy for you by bundling the two patterns together as a Baby Sea Turtle Multipack.

If you’re making a turtle blanket, you could attach some flat turtle appliques and give an amigurumi baby turtle set in the same colours as a matching companion gift.

Discount for Baby Sea Turtle Collection owners

If you’ve already bought the Baby Sea Turtle Collection and would like this new turtle pattern too, you can’t take advantage of the multipack discount, but I have you covered! If you’re buying the new pattern before the end of the month (August 2020), I’ll honour that multipack discount for you – just pick the option below that works best for you:

  1. Email me (june@planetjune.com) with details of your Baby Sea Turtle Collection order. Once I’ve verified your previous order I’ll email you back with a special discount code for the new pattern, and you can place your order.
  2. Place your order for the new pattern at the standard price and include the details of your Baby Sea Turtle Collection order in the message to me (or email me by end of Aug with the details of both your orders). Once I’ve verified your previous order I’ll email you with a PlanetJune Gift Certificate to the value of the discount, which you can use against a future order.

With either option, all I need is enough information to be able to verify your previous order, e.g. your order number or date of order.

Pattern Links

You can find all my sea turtle and turtle beach blanket-related patterns at www.planetjune.com/turtle – browse at your leisure!

Baby Sea Turtle Applique crochet pattern by PlanetJune

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit of a sea turtle fan, and I already have a few ideas for how I’m going to use this appliqué to make or customize turtle-themed things for myself. (More on that later!)

I hope you’ll enjoy this pattern too, and I look forward to seeing what you’ll do with it – don’t forget to tag me @planetjune on all the socials so I can see your projects 🙂

Happy flat turtle-making!

8 Comments »

  1. Pam Subock said

    Hello,
    I have looked at several turtle patterns and yours seems the best. I don’t do PayPal. Is it possible to mail you a check or I could use a debit card and you could send in the mail to me?
    Thank you for your help

    • June said

      Yes, please see my FAQ for payment options. However you pay, you’ll be able to download your pattern as soon as I receive your payment!

      • April said

        I bought your pattern on Etsy using PayPal and it’s telling me I won’t get the pattern until the 28th! 3 days from now. It has already posted to my bank account so I know you received payment. I thought this was a PDF pattern.

        • June said

          Hi April, please don’t worry about that: I don’t know why Etsy always adds bonus days onto their delivery estimates! They know I process orders and issue pattern licences every day (including weekends), but they always give ridiculously padded estimates to my customers – I’d never make you wait 3 days to receive your order. (For future reference, if you buy direct from PlanetJune instead of through a third party like Etsy, my prices are permanently discounted, and you can download your patterns immediately as licences are processed automatically through the PlanetJune shop.)

  2. Dona said

    I would like to buy the pattern for the flat sea turtles. I’m making a surprise blanket for my sister and she loves sea turtles. The flat ones won’t seem so bulky on the blanket. I do not have an account with you but I’m pretty sure I may have bought a pattern from you. I buy all kinds of patterns and have seen your name before. thought you just had a site where I could just buy it with paypal. My eye site isn’t as good these days.

    • June said

      That’s right, Dona – if you use the PayPal Express Checkout option in my shop whenever you place an order, your PayPal details (name and email address) are automatically used for your PlanetJune account. You can download your patterns immediately after purchase without needing to login, but your account exists in the background, with all your past purchases in there, so you can log in and download them again from www.planetjune.com/mypatterns whenever you need them!

      If you do need to do that, just click the ‘Forgotten your password?’ link on the login page, enter your email address (which is also the username for your PJ account), and my shop will send you a new temporary password you can use 🙂

  3. Evelyn said

    are these flat turtle relatively easy to make? my daughter saw an afghan and baby turtles you posted on FB. she wants me to makes thesefor her by August 1. is the afghan pattern also available? thank you

    • June said

      Yes, they are relatively easy to make – the pattern only uses basic stitches and I’ve included both written and charted instructions, so you can use whichever you prefer, or go back and forth between the two for extra clarification if needed. Provided you know how to make a magic ring (www.planetjune.com/magicring) and work into the back bumps of a chain (www.planetjune.com/backbumps) you shouldn’t have any problems!

      And yes, you can also find the afghan pattern at www.planetjune.com/turtle 🙂

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